“Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?”
Don’t let the jet skis, the pristine white sands and the storybook beach house fool you. There’s trouble in paradise. Terry (Tyler Perry) doesn’t know it yet, but his wife’s glow isn’t from the sun; and Marcus, he can’t seem to do anything without arousing Angela’s suspicion. Sheila and Troy, meanwhile, are having an awkward time -- Troy is still job-hunting and Sheila’s first husband, Mike, just popped-in for a week at the timeshare. Patricia (Janet Jackson) and Gavin? Well, they picked a fine time to announce their divorce, which is ironic, because Patricia penned a successful book on relationships.
That’s just the beginning. Bad luck follows them back to Atlanta where some suspicions are confirmed and others are debunked. When it’s all over, a tragedy will bring them closer than they could have ever imagined but it all comes at a tremendous cost.
Why Did I Get Married Too? is Perry’s follow-up to the similarly titled 2007 original and doesn’t disappoint, even if the popular writer/director perpetrates another bait-and-switch. What is purportedly a hipper, more poignant Couples Retreat almost immediately transforms into a heavy tale of trust and commitment in much the same way that last year’s Madea Goes to Jail was less about support hose and orthopedic shoes than about forgiveness and redemption.
That’s not a bad thing, especially if it’s done well. And Perry does it very well, admittedly with a lot of schmaltz. The Louis Gossett Jr. / Cicely Tyson walk-by. What was that all about? A respectful homage to a past generation who left us the gift of solid values, to be sure, but did it have to be so preachy? Thankfully that’s the worse that can be said (or rather the worse I would dare say about An Officer and a Gentleman’s Sergeant Foley).
To orchestrate nine character arcs in two hours, Perry goes fast. Every scene not just moves the plot forward, but also reveals a tinge more about each player some of whom are necessarily less complex than others with one clear standout: Janet Jackson. Her golf-club swinging meltdown (insert Tiger Woods joke here) ranks with Mo'Nique’s Oscar-winning performance in last year’s Precious.
Intense sometimes, uplifting others, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? is a refreshingly thoughtful film that runs the emotional gamut.
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